Rachel Bell Kelley is Running a 100 Miler to “Pay Off a Bet”

Rachel Bell Kelley is no slouch when it comes to running road races.

But as a trail and ultra runner, she’s been even more impressive over the past handful of years.

Rachel Bell Kelley

Rachel Bell Kelley

She ran as a kid, and started taking running a bit more serious after college. She ran her first half marathon in 1:28 and her first full in 3:00, yet due to some personal issues took a break from racing for the next handful of years.

When she finally got back into the running world, she found herself being drawn to trail and ultra scene, and she’s had plenty of success since going off-road.

Stuff happens during a 100 mile race. ~Rachel Bell Kelley Share on X

I really had a blast chatting with Rachel. Here are some of the highlights from today’s run.

  • Why the 100k distance almost sounds like a “comfortable distance”
  • The power of positivity over the course of a 100 mile race
  • Expectations, or lack thereof, heading into her first ultra marathon
  • The reason she’s running Run Rabbit, Run
  • Looking forward to meet and run with some of the elites in the ultra running world
  • Trying to prepare for an ultra at altitude while living on the east coast
  • Looking into the crystal ball for future races
  • Advice to those of us thinking about running an ultra
  • Figuring out what works best for you nutrition wise during a race

If you’d like to further connect with Rachel, check out her blog and track her down on Instagram.

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